Undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia made a triumphant return to the
races Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, overcoming a
stumbling start and going on to a three-length victory over Delightful
Quality in the $100,000 Mandys Gold overnight stakes.
Making her first start since winning the 2011 Breeders’
Cup Juvenile Fillies last November at Churchill Downs, My Miss Aurelia
spotted her five 3-year-old rivals a couple of lengths after bobbling
at the start, but quickly made up ground as they traveled down the
backstretch. Asked for run on the turn by jockey Julien Leparoux, the
bay Smart Strike filly powered to the fore at the head of the lane and
drew clear without being urged.
“She was running so comfortably,” said Leparoux. “I was very confident.”
My Miss Aurelia’s winning time for the 6 ½ furlongs was
1:15.90 as she returned to the site of her first two career victories.
Sent off as the 1-4 favorite, she returned $2.50 for a $2 win bet and
extended her record to five wins in as many starts.
“It’s amazing how special she truly is,” said Steve
Asmussen, who trains My Miss Aurelia for Stonestreet Stable and George
Bolton. “The memories of her running last year were great. When she
came back into the barn and we started training her and breezing her …
you’re hoping to have horses who are who she is. What a joy she is to
Named for Bolton’s mother, Aurelia, My Miss Aurelia won
her first start at Saratoga last July and became a stakes winner later
in the meet when she annexed the Grade 2 Adirondack. She followed that
with a victory in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park prior to the
Juvenile Fillies, but missed the first half of 2012 with a minor shin
problem. She returned to training in May.
“Her works this year have been amazing,” said Asmussen.
“I think she’ll have a huge year … we’ll see how she comes back and
speak to George and [Stonestreet owner] Barbara [Banke] and see where
Among the upcoming options for 3-year-old fillies at the Spa is the Grade 1, $500,000 Test run at seven furlongs on August 25.
“We always like racing at Saratoga, so it would be a nice
thing to do if we can get her back here,” said Banke. “It might be a
little quick, but possibly.”